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  • It’s Really Quite Simple
  • By Craig Childress, Psy.D. Psychologist PSY 18857
  • Dr. Craig Childress: Attachment Based
  • 25/02/2017
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I am increasingly being asked to consult within the mental health system and the legal system regarding the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of attachment-based “parental alienation” (AB-PA). This is a good thing. People in the mental health system and legal system are becoming educated.

The climate is shifting. I can feel it. Mental health and legal professionals are beginning to understand.

And it’s really quite simple actually. I can see the lights of understanding going on as I talk to them. They want to do the right thing, they just need guidance out of the wilderness.

Assessment leads to diagnosis… and diagnosis guides treatment.

Simple. Simple. Simple.

All we are asking for is that the court-involved mental health professionals – therapists and child custody evaluators – simply assess for standard and established symptomatology in the child’s symptom display:

Developmental Pathology: Attachment system suppression.

Personality Disorder Traits: Specific narcissistic personality traits in the child’s symptom display.

Psychiatric-Delusional Pathology: An encapsulated persecutory delusion regarding the child’s supposed “victimization” by the normal-range parenting practices of the targeted-rejected parent.

All of these are standard forms of mental health pathology that are fully within the scope of practice for all mental health professionals. No new forms of pathology – no strange new types of symptoms. Standard stuff. Attachment system suppression, personality disorder traits, encapsulated persecutory delusions. Simple. Simple. Simple.

Just assess for the symptoms. Then document the findings of the assessment using the Diagnostic Checklist for Pathogenic Parenting. What could possibly be simpler?

Assessment – Diagnosis – Treatment

Step by step. Assessment. Diagnosis. Treatment.

The issue isn’t “parental alienation,” it’s pathogenic parenting (patho=pathology; genic=genesis, creation). Pathogenic parenting is the creation of significant pathology in the child through aberrant and distorted parenting practices. It is a defined term in both clinical and developmental psychology. Fully established “standard of practice” stuff.

Pathogenic parenting. The creation of pathology in the child through aberrant and distorted parenting practices.

What targeted parent out there doesn’t completely understand that their beloved child’s normal emotions and normal behavior have become completely twisted up and distorted by the manipulative, self-serving, and exploitative parenting practices of the allied narcissistic/(borderline) parent?

Your beautiful and beloved child is no longer recognizable; twisted with anger and venom, arrogance and lies. Where did your beloved child go? What happened? That’s called pathogenic parenting, the creation of significant pathology in the child through aberrant and distorted parenting practices.

What’s been done to your precious child by the other parent, by your narcissistic/(borderline) ex-, is called pathogenic parenting. The creation of significant pathology in the child through aberrant and distorted parenting practices.

All we’re asking is that mental health professionals assess for the symptoms of pathogenic parenting by a narcissistic/(borderline) parent who has formed a cross-generational coalition with the child against the other parent (Minuchin; Haley). No big deal. Simple. Just assess for the symptoms.

Then document the findings of the assessment using the Diagnostic Checklist for Pathogenic Parenting. Seriously… what could possibly be simpler?

Assessment Leads to Diagnosis

Step by step. Assessment leads to diagnosis.

Pathogenic parenting that is creating significant developmental pathology in the child (diagnostic indicator 1), personality disorder pathology in the child (diagnostic indicator 2), and delusional-psychiatric pathology in the child (diagnostic indicator 3) in order to meet the parent’s own emotional and psychological needs represents a DSM-5 diagnosis of V995.51 Child Psychological Abuse Confirmed.

All we want is an assessment by a mental health professional for the symptoms of pathogenic parenting created by an allied narcissistic/(borderline) parent who has formed a cross-generational coalition with the child against the other parent (Minuchin; Haley).

That’s all. Simple. Just assess for the symptoms. Are they present or not?

Assessment leads to diagnosis. Pathogenic parenting that is creating significant psychopathology in the child represents a DSM-5 diagnosis of V995.51 Child Psychological Abuse, Confirmed.

Diagnosis guides treatment…

Simple. Simple. Simple. From a mental health perspective, this is not a big deal.

Diagnosis Guides Treatment

Assessment leads to the DSM-5 diagnosis of V995.51 Child Psychological Abuse, Confirmed.

Pathogenic parenting is not a child custody issue, it is a child protection issue.

In all cases of child abuse, physical child abuse, sexual child abuse, and psychological child abuse, the appropriate professional response is to protect the child.

In all cases of child abuse, the child is first protectively separated from the abusive parent. This is the appropriate response in cases of physical child abuse. This is the appropriate response in cases of sexual child abuse. This is the appropriate response in cases of psychological child abuse.

Assessment leads to diagnosis. Diagnosis guides treatment.

In all cases of child abuse, once the child is protectively separated from the abusive parent, we then treat the child for the emotional and psychological consequences of the child abuse and we restore the child’s normal-range and healthy development.

In all cases of child abuse, once the child’s healthy and normal-range development has been recovered and restored through therapy, we then reintroduce the relationship with the formerly abusive parent with sufficient safeguards in place to ensure that the child abuse does not resume once the relationship with the formerly abusive parent is reestablished.

In all cases of child abuse, the formerly abusive parent is required to obtain collateral therapy to gain – and demonstrate – insight into the causes of the prior abusive parenting.

In all cases of child abuse, the response of the formerly abusive parent to his or her collateral treatment is used as a gauge in determining the level of safeguards needed upon reintroduction of this parent to the child.

We do this for physical child abuse, we do this for sexual child abuse, we do this for psychological child abuse.

Assessment leads to diagnosis, and diagnosis guides treatment.

Simple.

Pathogenic parenting is not a child custody issue, it is a child protection issue.

Once I get to explain this to mental health and legal professionals, the solution is really quite simple.

Assessment. Diagnosis. Treatment.

Source: https://drcraigchildressblog.com/2017/02/25/its-really-quite-simple/

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    By:Heather Arthue from South Australia, Australia on April 23, 2017 @ 8:14 am
    This is great. I am sure it will help many who are struggling.

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